Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/24/11


Top Pitcher: Jason Erickson (4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI)

Home Runs: Josh Harrison (2), Aaron Baker (3)


Harrison hit his second home run of the year today.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 6, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR)

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison (2-for-5, HR)

Notes: Brian Burres (0-3, 4.64) was hit hard in the fourth inning, allowing five of his six runs on the day, and getting knocked out of the game early.  Burres finished with six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings, with three home runs allowed.  Cesar Valdez (6.52) pitched 2.1 shutout innings.  Daniel Moskos (2.08) and Justin Thomas (1.69) each pitched perfect innings.

Josh Harrison (.313) went 2-for-5 with a home run, his second of the year.  Matt Hague (.286) went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.  Alex Presley (.318) went 1-for-3 with two walks and his fourth stolen base of the year.


Altoona was off today.


Baker went 3-for-5 with a grand slam.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Palm Beach 3

Starting Pitcher: Quinton Miller (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI)

Notes: Quinton Miller (9.42) got the start today, but only pitched one inning due to a two hour and 46 minute rain delay after the first inning.  Jason Erickson (1-0, 4.85) came on to pitch the next four innings after the delay, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Diego Moreno (4.05) threw two shutout innings.  Ryan Beckman (0.00) closed it out with two perfect innings and two strikeouts.

Aaron Baker (.310) led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam.  Calvin Anderson (.236) went 2-for-5 with a double.  Adalberto Santos (.314) went 2-for-5 with a double and a run.  Robbie Grossman (.238) went 1-for-3 with two walks.  Evan Chambers (.236) went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.


West Virginia was off today.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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